Dragonmead Microbrewery

Dragonmead MicrobreweryDragonmead Microbrewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

14600 E 11 Mile Rd
Warren, Michigan, 48089-1556
United States

(586) 776-9428 | map

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Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 131
Photo of DrJay
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This is a really fun place to go. The fact that it's located on a service road for a major interstate highway in an industrial plaza just adds more excitement to the experience. It's a very relaxed atmosphere, with a large following of locals who show up regularly (at least on weekends).

I've been totally impressed with the quality, and quantity, of beers they keep on tap. About 30 are always available, including one cask, with styles ranging from english ales to belgians to german lagers (along with a number of "experiments" that they're always working on).

Although horribly understaffed when it gets busy, servers are very courteous. Recently my whole table was given a tour of the brewery at about 11pm on a Saturday night, after the rush ended. (They have a very impressive brewing system that allows them to brew a lot of small batches, which makes sense since they keep so many beers on tap at once.)

There are only a few food items available (pretzels, cheese and crackers, etc.) and while they're good (and appreciated), they're not worthy of giving a rating. They do keep a binder full of take-out and delivery places in the area and have absolutely no problem providing plates and utensils if you bring in food.

If you're in the area, or even just passing through, Dragonmead is definitely a spot that you should check out. Easily one of my favourites.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Atmosphere: Dragonmead is on a service road off of I-696 in Warren. The building outside is fairly non-descript, with just a sign to indicate that it's a microbrewery. Inside, though, the place is decorated in a very medieval theme, with banners and even a suit of armor. The bar is inside on the right, with all their taps, and a large board with their offerings. The brewing equipment is in the back, behind the restrooms and behind a door. There was a large collection of brewing equipment, which is why I'm told that they can have so many different beers available. We were there on a Friday night, and the bar didn't seem too crowded, with a family gathering and the MCAB to occupy the place.

Quality/Selection: Dragonmead's claim to fame is their selection. They have approximately 40 taps at any given time, with a fairly wide selection of beers: English ales, German lagers, Belgian beers and even some American versions of beers (which I presume means more hopped). The quality of the beers ranged from bleh to a couple of quite solid beers (such as their Final Absolution tripels). There's probably something for just about everyone at Dragonmead.

Service: I thought the service at Dragonmead wasn't great, but not completely negligent either. We were served quickly and they did check in on us a few times (as well as a order sheet of their beers), but did seem to wander away a bit and weren't around to answer questions.

Food: There really isn't much in the way of food at Dragonmead, just basic bar snacks like nachos and pretzels. They have a book to get delivery from local businesses.

Dragonmead is certainly worth a trip if you're in the northern part of Detroit, since it's not far from Kuhnhenn. With roughly 40 beers, there's plenty of beers to try and enjoy. Quite good, and this is a place I'd hit if I came back to Detroit.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

I really liked this joint. Plenty of beers on tap with a great variety. From IPAs to Belgian style tripels its hard not to find a really great beer. The decor is nice and simple, good laid back style bar area with several tables and a few dart boards. If it wasn't so far for me to drive it would be great to spend a Saturday sampling beers and watching college football. No food, but you are welcome to bring your own or order out. Thats a good idea since there plenty to try and you'll need the fuel.

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Photo of proc
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

There is something soothing about the barroom at Dragonmead. For some reason, you just feel comfortable and at home. Its like being in someone's very cool basement, with 30+ beer taps.

The selection of beer at Dragonmead is outstanding. Taps line the bar and offer up as many styles of beer as you could ever want to try in one sitting, including experimental styles.

There are tables and an "L" shaped bar. TV's play the latest sporting event. No food service, but they encourage people to bring in their own. Don't be surprised to see a pizza or two delivered.

The beer here is wonderful and if you are looking for a "must" stop for Detroit area microbrew, make sure you stop here.

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Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This was one of the highlights of my tour of Michigan. It was a little difficult finding, but well worth the trip. The motif is all middle ages with several coat of arms, banners and even a knight's suit of armor. Earl (one of the owners) was present and offered up a taste of their unreleased "Final Resolution" ale. They don't serve food, but they did have over 20 beers on tap. Each of the beers I tried were good quality. The service was excellent and I felt very attached to this place. I later heard at the Michigan Brew Festival that they were struggling a bit (maybe because they don't serve food). But I highly recommend this brew pub. The atmosphere is like nothing I've experienced elsewhere. Try it and enjoy it.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Nice place. A little small. Envision someone trying to setup a medieval-looking establishment in a mini-mall and you've got dragonmead. It's in Detroit (they call it Warren, MI, but trust me - it's Detroit).

I had been ecstatic about trying this place out for many moons. Finally my wife takes me here and... maybe I built it up too much in my mind. They have 30+ beers on tap, some nitrogen poured even! But, the beer just wasn't THAT good. It was ok, but had a watery aspect to it (despite some high gravities) that I couldn't put a finger on. Most beers, save the Russian imperial and the honey Porter (awesome!), had this strange quality. If you've ever gone to a "Hops" restaurant, I'd say it's similar to that.

You have to order your own food, they'll even bring you a phone! Kinda cheesy, but better than them having to deal with food and beer and the beer losing some of the quality as a result. I just wish they'd use the time to concentrate on the beer a little more. I don't know, maybe it's that fine Detroit water...

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Simply can't imagine a better brewpub. Well I can but it would cost way too much money. Spent an afternoon and evening with a buddy there recently and we managed to sample every beer on tap. Something like 33 beers were sampled. Although palate fatigue set in we really did not have 1 "bad" beer in the bunch. The Belgian category was the most memorable with some outstanding beers. Another that was truly outstanding was a Scootish Wee heavy. One of the owners, Bill Wrobel, was nice enough to take 3-4 of us on a tour of the operations and spent some time talking about the set-up including answering some fairly detailed questions from my friend and I regarding their process, flow and capacity.

Everyone beer lover should visit for the beers. Every homebrewer, whether serious or beginner should visit for a tour to see how much you can with with a very little space.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Made 2 seperate trips to Dragonmead, one with a friend. While not a serious beer drinker, he really enjoyed the beers he had and liked the atmosphere as well. Quaint, relaxed, with a great selection of brews on tap...some casks, nitros, belgians, americans, british, german....When I was there, there wasn't any lagers, though the barkeep said that they do them occasionally. The brew quality is outstanding. Mustard and pretzels are there for snacking, but as mentioned before, don't count on food being there..bring your own. The menus, pamphlets, and fllyers all had a stylish look to them..they have copies of Michigan Beer Guide to peruse while enjoying their brews. The barkeep was decent in her knowledge of the beer, and kept everybody happy. Good brewpub...they hope to start bottling their Final Absolution soon, as well as some others (Erik the Red, Inquisition Pale Ale, Nagelweiss, and Kaiser's Kolsch). Recommended.

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Photo of inebrius
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

I missed it the first time. Had to circle around the block and drive real slow because of the urban camouflage that Dragonmead sports. Interior is quite the opposite, thankfully. Some rich, dark-stained woods complemented by warmly painted walls of ochre. Games and diversions line the window side of this narrow pub. A row of taps set behind the bar all moist and seductive and you get to slavering right off. Head trips are almost enjoyable as the fermentation room lies behind glass right next to the bathroom door and you can gaze upon the shiny vats lined up like happy little beer soldiers. Saturday night service was sluggish, but the dude pounding out Celtic tunes made up for it. A place to gather, drink and talk good beer, and munch on torn pieces of Putnam's Italian ciabatta bread (bring the fat next time, bro). Choice brewpub!

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Photo of marburg
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

As far as SE Michigan microbrews go, these guys have taken the cake on selection. They make over 30 beers and have most of them there at a given time. Let me restate that. 30 beers! So naturally, St. Peter checks you in at the door as you walk on through the pearly gates to this place. ;)

Sadly, I avoided this place for ages based on a bad sampling of their tripel (Final Absolution) at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. A friend (who's more or less into beer for the drinkability of some strong, high ABV microbrews) gave me an imperial stout brewed there almost a full year later, however, and I decided to give it another chance. And I'm glad I did.

My only complaint is that there's no food there. They let you get take out or delivery which is nice of them. But frankly, I don't want to order 4 dollar pizza and wait 45 minutes for them to find the dimly lit exterior of the building while I drink my beer. A lot of times, I really enjoy having a decent meal with my beer -- nothing fancy and nothing overdone. But *something.* They make up for their negligence in this area with the lack of smoke.

Anyhow, long story short, it's a great place for some good microbrew. No posing going on here. It's the real deal.

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Photo of mjohn27603
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

These guys seem the most serious microbrewers in Michigan. My friend describes the atmosphere as industrial park. No food is served. This is for people who are serious about the beer. They serve several Belgian styles along with covering a lot of other style territory (Scotch Ales, Oatmeal Stout, etc). When I went to the Michigan Brewer's Guild Taste Festival in 2002 their Dead Monk Ale beat everything that I tasted. The festival included most brewers in the state. Although the Dead Monk on tap at Warren I've had hasn't quite matched the festival experience. They even offer equipment you can rent or buy to be able to serve cold carbonated beverages on tap at home. Their growlers are also a notch above with a locking cap that seals the beer for better storage. I ran into some interesting characters and joined a conversation easily. Not everyone is a beer snob with some just drinking the Belgians for "the higher alcohol content". I did see at least one family with children and they do offer soda made on premises. The only down side is that they aren't open on Sundays. No frills, just beer.

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Dragonmead Microbrewery in Warren, MI
3.71 out of 5 based on 1,918 ratings.
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